LibriVox recording of A-Birding on a Bronco by Florence A. Merriam. Read by J. M. Smallheer
Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey (August 8, 1863 - September 22, 1948) was an American ornithologist and nature writer. She started observing bird behavior at a time when most bird study was based on collections and skins. By 1885, she began to write articles focusing on protecting birds. Her introduction of a birdwatching field guide, aimed at living birds, is considered the first in the tradition of modern bird guides. She wrote the first of these at the age of 26, initially as a series of notes in the Audubon Magazine and later as books. In "A-Birding on a Bronco," she writes an engaging memoir about her several trips to study birds on a ranch in California in the late 1800's.
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August 6, 2018 Subject:
A delightful book
Each chapter of this book is a listener's treat. If you like to observe birds or wildlife you will be made happy for a minute by these little stories of bird life. Each chapter is her observations of a particular bird building its nest and raising its young. If you have ever watched a bird unseen, building a nest or feeding it fledglings you are a bird observer and will relate to her stories. Her ability to describe them in cute, funny and yet accurate way is what makes it so entertaining. The LIbrivox volunteer who reads it has done a wonderful job. You think iti s the author telling the story, not someone reading..